Polyhedral mirrors.

What would be the view inside of a polyhedron whose faces are made from mirrors? The answer is more or less obvious only in the case of a cube. View inside of mirrored cube is an infinite regular cubical grid formed by the images of the cube edges. This image is shown below in the center. It looks curved and is embedded inside of a circle because special display technique - "fish eye view" is used. This technique allows to see all 360 degree field of view on one image.

It is difficult to imagine what pattern would form reflections inside of other polyhedra. Such view for several polyhedra are shown here. Click small thumbnail image and larger image will be dispalyed in the center.

truncated icosidodechedon truncated cube rhombicuboctahedron truncated cuboctahedron snub cube icosahedron
snub dodecahedron octahedron
truncated octahedron
dodecahedron icosidodecahedron truncated icosahedron truncated dodecahedron rhombicosidodecahedron rhombic dodecahedron

You may explore panoramic VRML models of these mirrors as well.

The raytracing program PoVRay was used to generate these images.

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